AMA Safety Code - revised Jan 1, 2018
AMA Safety Handbook
Academy of Model Aeronautics
National Model Aircraft Safety Code
Effective January 1, 2018
A model aircraft is a non-human-carrying device capable of sustained flight within visual
line of sight of the pilot or spotter(s). It may not exceed limitations of this code and is
intended exclusively for sport, recreation, education and/or competition. All model flights
must be conducted in accordance with this safety code and related AMA guidelines, any
additional rules specific to the flying site, as well as all applicable laws and regulations.
As an AMA member I agree:
I will not fly a model aircraft in a careless or reckless manner.
I will not interfere with and will yield the right of way to all human-carrying aircraft
using AMA’s See and Avoid Guidance and a spotter when appropriate.
I will not operate any model aircraft while I am under the influence of alcohol or any
drug that could adversely affect my ability to safely control the model.
I will avoid flying directly over unprotected people, moving vehicles, and occupied
I will fly Free Flight (FF) and Control Line (CL) models in compliance with AMA’s safety
I will maintain visual contact of an RC model aircraft without enhancement other than
corrective lenses prescribed to me. When using an advanced flight system, such as an
autopilot, or flying First-Person View (FPV), I will comply with AMA’s Advanced Flight
I will only fly models weighing more than 55 pounds, including fuel, if certified through
AMA’s Large Model Airplane Program.
I will only fly a turbine-powered model aircraft in compliance with AMA’s Gas Turbine
I will not fly a powered model outdoors closer than 25 feet to any individual, except for
myself or my helper(s) located at the flightline, unless I am taking off and landing, or as
otherwise provided in AMA’s Competition Regulation.
I will use an established safety line to separate all model aircraft operations from
spectators and bystanders.
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